Croft 2005 LBV: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Croft 2005 LBV. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Unfiltered LBV. Bottled 2010. Very solid and, at £6.33 a bottle, excellent value for money. On decanting, deep, complex treacly fruits on the nose. In the mouth, initially quite raw, quite acidic and with a bit too much grip (though not a tannic one) too it. Some round fruits follow.

Rated*: P

Tasting 2

Notes: Unfiltered. Quite a lot of sediment in the bottle although little in the decanter funnel. A good transparent ruby red. Alluring fruits on the nose. Subtle but present. In the mouth, faded simple fruits. Maybe cherries. Very little sugar and the merest touch of tannin. Acidity is gentle, too. Extremely drinkable. Could easily have a bottle. With its age, extremely good value for money.

Date: 2nd March 2020

Rated*: C-

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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